Metal Gear Solid 5 AMD vs Nvidia Performance Review with ASUS
Published: 4th September 2015 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
Metal Gear Solid 5 Performance Review with ASUS
One thing we have been always been asked at OC3D is if we could cover more PC games, benchmark them and otherwise provide information on the most recent releases. We have a very small team here and covering such things are not usually feasible due to time constraints, especially given how much hardware we have to go through.
Today we will be looking at Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Production's final Metal Gear Solid title and the first full Metal Gear Solid title to be released on PC. Will this title be a a PC port which will be hailed above all others, or another Arkham Knight?
In recent years PC users have got the short end of the stick, with newer consoles becoming available the PC has been placed at the back of the priority list for many developers and publishers, which has allowed many sub-par PC games to be released in recent years, especially from Ubisoft.
In this Article we will not be reviewing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain story or gameplay, but will be giving you a rundown of the game's performance at 1080p and 4K, an in depth analysis of the game's options menu and a screenshot comparison of the game's different graphical settings.
We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using a variety of different GPUs from AMD and Nvidia's Mid-range and High end offerings.
Being a Nvidia GameWorks title this game is expected to favor Nvidia GPUs, especially since Nvidia currently offer this game with the purchase of new GPUs. We will see if this prediction is correct as we play and benchmark this game.
ASUS GTX 960 & GTX 980
ASUS R9 380 & R9 Fury Strix
Intel Core i7-4960X @ 4.4GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133
Windows 7 x64
Mid Range GPU Testing
To represent AMD and Nvidia's Mid range GPU offerings we have decided to use the AMD R9 380 and the Nvidia GTX 960. Both of these GPUs will be the ASUS Strix models, which are currently available for £169.99 and £179.99 for the Nvidia GTX 960 Strix and the and AMD R9 380 Strix respectively at Overclockers UK.
Both of these GPUs offer very similar performance in most scenarios and come in at very similar pricepoints, so it will be very interesting to see which GPU will come out on top.
Right now Nvidia's GTX 960 will come with a copy of this game for free with any purchase.
High End GPU Testing
At the higher end of AMD's product stack are the AMD Fury and the Nvidia GTX 980, which while they are not the highest end GPUs available they are very big competitors when it comes to price and performance. Again we will be using ASUS' Strix models of these GPUs, the Nvidia GTX 980 Strix DCU II and the AMD R9 Fury Strix DC3 OC.
Right now both of these GPUs are priced at £449.99 at Overclockers UK, making them ideal for a head to head comparison. Those who buy a GTX 980 right now will be given a copy of Metal Gear Solid V with their GPU, though right now we do not know how much longer this promotion will last.